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Old 10-30-2018, 06:04 AM
 
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I thought my memory was good, but as you describe it I'm struggling to picture the place inside.
Resided in Virginia Beach from 1982-1991.

So what's up with Lynnhaven Mall? Has the place been renovated or raised
Peace.
C
C, Yeah.. if u remember '80s Lynnhaven Mall, it's basically unrecognizable today. I was in there about 6 months ago.. the second story was eliminated, facade was redone (no more glass mirror exterior). No more carousel.. Montgomery Ward left several years ago.
The surrounding strip malls have lost long time tenants (Toys R Us is vacant, the 17th St surf shop @ Lynnhaven North folded after about 30 years). There are good strong tenants like Barnes and Noble, Dick's sporting goods.. but the only original store (that I recollect) is JC Penney. It's been there since the halcyon '80s.

Peace to you also.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:55 PM
 
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Babe_Ruth, thanks for the update!
Also thanks for inspiring my curiosity on America’s malls, most are catching the same fate as Lynnhaven and the mall here in downtown San Diego where I live.
What's happening with Horton Plaza? Now we know - The San Diego Union-Tribune

I moved around a lot as a kid so I started checking up on the malls I used to hang out at with friends. In 1977 my family resided in Shawnee KS and they had a brand new mall built two years prior. Interestingly enough I discovered it’s still thriving and is in the top 20 of a corporation that owns 63 malls across the nation. I was glad to hear that as I found a YouTube video documentary on what was then the largest mall in the country.
https://youtu.be/2RkxhXQnVSw

When I looked into it today I found an article about that Kansas mall called Oak Park that also delves into the dying mall issue the nation is facing…
https://www.kansascity.com/news/busi...220309295.html

Also discovered in my newfound mall search is a site that covers the fate of the mall.
DeadMalls.com

So yeah, look what you started lol.

It appears as though the mall concept is evolving into a place that’s more Millennial friendly, focusing on fitness, restaurants and family recreation.

I’m still looking into this mall evolution, so looks like this thread may evolve too eh?

Peace

C
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Old 12-12-2018, 12:11 AM
 
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Brief clip of Lynnhaven's ribbon-cutting (1981). Something that stands out to me, are the winter coats shoppers are wearing.. I think Lynnhaven opened in Aug 1981. Ribbon-cutting must've been an early walk-around for the public, before a general grand opening.. maybe early months of 81 ?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syiHfS42KIc
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Old 12-12-2018, 12:38 AM
 
Location: inSANe Diego
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Yowzah! That’s freak’n priceless \m/
Awesome share just put a smile on my face this evening...
...dunno, you could be right about the jackets folks are wear’n, although I went metal detecting on Dam Neck beach one weekend in bare feet and shorts, only to have it snow the following day.

August of ‘81 I was here inSANe Diego for boot camp, then over to Dam Neck lol
Anyhow, this made my night.

Thanks Ruth.

PS, caught me in mid stroll while out-N-about in the city.


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Old 02-06-2019, 02:32 PM
 
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My first time at Lynnhaven Mall was seeing Stand By Me in the upper theater in 1986 when we first moved there and I was going to Plaza Jr. High. It was a Friday or Saturday night, and when we walked out and into the food court I was amazed at all the sects and cliques that were posted in different parts of the food court: Punks, grits, surfer/skaters, and some others. That's how it was back then. I ended up joining the Skater faction in time.


A friend and I always used to play the Guantlet video game in the lower theater a lot prior to seeing a movie. Elf and Warrior were the best to pick.


A typical night out at Lynnhaven Mall for me and a friend was scanning Spencers, looking at Swiss Swatches in Leggets, pet store, video games, food court, Radio Shack, and ending with a movie. Oh yeah, and squeezing into 17th St surf shop in between there somewhere.


Off topic, but Raven Skateboards in Timberlake shopping center is a good memory.
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My first time at Lynnhaven Mall..1986..It was a Friday or Saturday night, and when we walked out and into the food court I was amazed at all the sects and cliques that were posted in different parts of the food court: Punks, grits, surfer/skaters, and some others. That's how it was back then. I ended up joining the Skater faction in time.

Oh yeah, and squeezing into 17th St surf shop in between there somewhere.
Off topic, but Raven Skateboards in Timberlake shopping center is a good memory.
Hillridge, Great post; lot of good 8os Lynnhaven insights I relate to.
When I started moving around the country as an adult, people in other places were surprisingly unfamiliar with the term 'grit'. They knew what grits were, but called 'em heshers. Made me wonder if 'grit' was unique to Tidewater, or the southeast in general (?)

I also remember some of the obscure and short-lived skate & surf shops circa the same era as Raven, do u remember Piranha ?.. basically a surf shop in a residential house. If I remember right in the blocks around 21st & 22nd, few blocks off the Oceanfront.. I think I remember a Raven shirt, that had the word: TRASHMORE shaped into Trashmore's half-pipe (?) Also remember the WW skate logos (Windsor Woods' pitchforks). That skate park influenced a lot of Va Beach kids.
A pointless memory I have related to Lynnhaven area food amenities: That large McDonald's just a few blocks from Plaza Jr.. it was packed in the 8os. I noticed it recently went under. It looked like it never upgraded, or remodeled. Empty, but still standing as of Feb. '19.. an abandoned monument to Lynnhaven's halcyon 80s. /peace

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